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Northwest Word Skookum

The adjective skookum comes from Chinook jargon and is commonly used in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to describe something strong, good, muscular, or powerful, as in a skookum Malamute or a skookum drink.  This is part of a complete episode.

Pugetopolis

Pugetopolis  n.— «Pugetopolis is a term boosters use to express the ambitions of creating a massive city that will extend from Olympia to Bellingham, and cynics and critics—and what I like to think of as reasonable people—think of...

docu-soap

docu-soap  n.— «Beers, who often narrates his own shows, has found a winning formula for his “docu-soaps,” as he calls them. His series typically profile men with blue-collar jobs, such as crab fishermen, truckers, Texas oil wildcatters...

hero snow

hero snow  n.—Gloss: snow that is soft on top and firm underneath, providing excellent conditions for sport skiing.  «The firm base and soft granular top layer found in spring is also sometimes referred to as “hero snow.” It is...

Kelly day

Kelly day  n.— «Kelly days: This term refers to one shift off with pay every 14th shift for all employees who work 24-hour shifts. Northwest firefighters work a 24-hour shift, followed by 48 hours off.» —“Firefighters’ union, county...

spey cast

spey cast  v. phr.— «To achieve long casts consistently over a long day of casting, many steelhead fly-anglers in the Northwest have taken up two-handed rods and a technique called spey casting. Traditional single-handed fly casting...